Daniel Koopmans. Dan, a former member of the Warren County Soil and Water Board of Supervisors, is from the Pleasant Plain area of Warren County. Dan and his wife Vonda currently farm about 1400 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat and hay along with their son Alex. Originally from Wisconsin, Dan moved to Ohio in 1995 to manage the Mohrfield Farms show herd of registered Holsteins which included many national and state show winners. Dan served on committees for the National and State Holstein associations and judged numerous local and state shows in the past.
Dan is a member of the Ohio Farm Bureau and a member of St Marks Lutheran Church. Dan’s goals are to continue growing the family business and develop new enterprises to complement the farm enterprise. To do this, conservation of our soils and water resources is absolutely essential in maintaining a sustainable future through the use of minimum till and more use of cover crops to hold our soils in place and prevent run off of nutrients into our streams and waterways.
John Tkatschenko. John joined the Warren County SWCD board of supervisors in 2015. John was born in Heidenau, Germany 40 miles south of Hamburg and saw the Statue of Liberty in December 1950. After an introduction to the plains of South Dakota on a beef ranch his family moved to Salem, Ohio where they lived on a 60 acre general agriculture farm. John earned a B.A. from O.S.U. in Russian, and then served in the U.S. Army as battalion clerk. He returned to O.S.U. to earn an M.S. in Soil Classification and Land Use. He then began to work as a Soil Conservationist in Seneca and Huron Counties. In March 1981 he became the District Conservationist for Warren County and served until 2008. During these 27 years he and the office staff:
- Rated 60,000 acres of cropland for the 1985 Food Security Program.
- Administered Ohio’s largest fly-on cover crop program of 3,500 acres.
- Surveyed, designed, and applied hundreds of waterways, ponds, structures, WASCOBS, and many
other conservation practices.
- Met the majority of Warren County’s farm owners and operators.
John currently resides on a 10 acre farmette with his wife Patty, 3 cows, a handful of chickens, 20+ fruit trees, and a bramble fruit. He has found it to be a pleasure working with Warren County’s best- its farmers.